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Thread: Introduction & a question!

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    Junior Member nonda's Avatar
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    Introduction & a question!

    First off, I have been lurking for a while and have learned so much. I have only been quilting for a short time. Life happened and it got put on the back burner. Now for my question, I have my top and my back ready to sandwich, but my back is only about 1.5" larger all the way around than my top. Do I need to extend the back or will I be okay to quilt as it is??????

    Thanks for your help. My day starts here with my coffee every morning!

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    Senior Member Patti25314's Avatar
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    You should be fine. Do you plan to bind the quilt with something else or were you going to flip the back over?

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    Super Member Pam S's Avatar
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    Welcome, Nonda. If you're going to quilt it yourself on your domestic sewing machine, you should be fine although the backing may draw up some when you quilt it. If you're going to send it out to a LA quilter, they will need about 4" extra on each side to attach it to the leaders and leave room for the clamps on the sides.

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    Hi, you should add a border all the way around your backing. You backing should be at least 4in larger than your quilt top. So should your batting. Good luck , please post your quilt. karen

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    Super Member irishrose's Avatar
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    If you are quilting on your machine, you're fine. I never have mine draw up at all, so I've had my backing even with my top if necessary. I do like a couple of inches to grab when maneuvering the quilt, but if I'm close on fabric, it works.

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    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
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    Hi and welcome to this board. I have found that 2" all around the quilt top is enough, if you center the layers together. I quilt all my quilts on my regular sewing machine. Good luck.
    Another Phyllis
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    Welcome to the board from Texas.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Welcome!! May this be the first of many posts and pictures from you here in the future.
    How large is your quilt?
    Are you machine quilting on your home machine?
    Baste well, as close together as 4" apart, and you'll likely be just fine.

    Jan in VA

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!! I think you'd be "ok". Just watch your quilting that it doesn't draw your top fabric one direction to distort it.

    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    Welcome to the board. Can't wait to hear what design choices you make.
    Cheryl Robinson
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